UnitedHealthcare Introduces UMR; National Third-Party Administration Strategy Expands Nationwide | Business Wire

WAUSAU, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, has combined

the third-party administration (TPA) capabilities of its Fiserv Health,

Midwest Security and United Medical Resources businesses to form a

single national business unit, UMR, which will provide integrated health

benefit management for self-funded, dental, vision, disability and

medical plans.

UMR aims to deliver, on a seamless basis, value-added services such as

national health care provider network discounts, advanced claims-control

functions, integrated chronic condition management and health and

wellness programs. More flexible benefit solutions that include up

to 4,000 customized plan designs. It'll also provide additional

programs such as integrated care management, pharmacy benefits,

stop-loss services, ancillary products and customized reporting

services. The new UMR name and logo will be introduced to customers over

the course of 2008.

“Our goal with UMR is to provide those

self-funded employer customers who prefer third-party administrators

with deeper and broader resources, products and services available under

a single banner,” said Ken Burdick, CEO of

UnitedHealthcare. “As a distinct business

unit, UMR will have greater ability to deliver local and regional

service to our customers while leveraging UnitedHealthcare’s

national strengths, including our network of more than 560,000

physicians and 4,800 hospitals throughout the country.”

UMR will be led by Jay Anliker, formerly president of Fiserv Health.

“Under UMR we feel we've even greater

capabilities to serve specific industries such as hospitals, municipal

plans, Taft-Hartley plans and retiree benefits administration,”

said Anliker. “Fiserv Health, Midwest Security

and United Medical Resources have always made service their focus. As

UMR, we'll unify our focus to better deliver on our five points of

value: cost savings, flexibility, caring service, intelligent technology

and unique solutions for unique businesses.”

About UMR

The largest TPA in the United States, UMR provides an array of

integrated health plan management, claim processing and administration

services for self-funded medical, dental, vision and disability plans.

UMR offers integrated care management, pharmacy benefits administration

and a host of ancillary services including claim recovery management,

reinsurance products and services, claim repricing and provider data

management software and services and non-network claims cost

containment. UMR is a UnitedHealthcare company, a business of

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). More information is available online at www.umr.com.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare (www.unitedhealthcare.com)

provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and

services. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health

care services on behalf of more than 25 million individual consumers,

contracting directly with more than 560,000 physicians and care

professionals and 4,800 hospitals nationwide to offer consumers broad,

convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the

businesses of UnitedHealth Group.

Susan Ford-Hoffert, 612-677-1717
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